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Mid-month rain much needed for Michiana

It's hard to believe that the first month of meteorological summer is at it's halfway mark.  Before June 15th, the observed rainfall for the month of June was looking scarce.  Thunderstorms finally rolled through in the early morning hours of June 15th, bringing with it heavy downpours and frequent lightning.  These heavy downpours were enough to bring much needed rainfall across Michiana.  The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow network, better known as CoCoRaHS, is a network of volunteers that are responsible to take daily measurements of precipitation.  In the three images below, each image is a different zone in Michiana. Each zone has reliable CoCoRaHS volunteers that record their 24 hour reports, to their cumulative total for the month.  From their measurements, it's easy to see how much the rainfall in the early morning hours of June 15th was much needed.

The three images above show the comparison between the monthly June rainfall through June 15th (text in green) to the rainfall observed over the last 24 hours (text in yellow).  Some of storms overnight created downpours enough to drop nearly an inch of rainfall.  

Through June 15th, the South Bend area has recorded 0.44" of rainfall for the month, which is nearly 1.50" below normal for the month.  

Thankfully, we did see a wet spring prior to the summer months.  Here's the comparison:

As always, stay up to date with the very latest weather forecast on the air and online here.  Also, if you want to become a volunteer weather observer with CoCoRaHS, you can find out more information here.

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